The performance of this classic was quite gripping. The story was very insightful (especially for its time). This story does what scifi does best. Ask the quest "what if" and in this case pulls from available data on the evils of socialistic/communistic to warn of the "mischiefs of governments " that Thomas Jefferson warned about. So read and wonder.
I'm a lawyer and mediator. I represent businesses in disputes with their insurers and in other complex litigation. I also assist machinery companies and manufacturers (primarily international) with equipment sales, non-disclosure agreements, and business issues. I also mediate commercial disputes.
One of my summer reading projects was to re-read--after many years--Animal Farm and 1984. Both were well worth my time, although Animal Farm was probably worth more.
What makes 1984 so compelling is its relevance to today. The telescreen exists, except that we carry them around in our pockets. The government control over our lives and the loss of privacy in 1984 unfortunately reflects what much of modern life has become. It seems that no activity is beyond the reach of the federal government.
Another disturbing aspect of 1984 becoming reality is the growing tendency to try to re-write history to suit certain political ends. As Orwell wrote, and as certain factions seem to agree, those who control the past control the future. Forget reality, forget context, and forget the ability of the human condition to improve: If the past is recast and then re-imagined, all kinds of indignities--even atrocities in some instances--can be justified in the present.
Although the book remains incredibly relevant, the story itself was less compelling than I had remembered. The book is long and meanders. The plot is uneven. Winston and Julia seem to have found some measure of solace and then, boom, they are turned in by the least likely person. Maybe that is the message, but it is a bit disjointed.
Even then, you expect there to be a climax, and some finality. But there is none, just capitulation to the system and more drab meaningless days. Maybe that is also the message, but if the book was meant to be a warning, one wishes it would come with at least a modicum of hope. Orwell offers none.
Yes, It is an excellent story and very interesting. I Love these types of books.
When he discovers his individuality and embraces his feeling of "freedom" with Julia. It made me think of how I take my Love for my wife and my freedom for granted.
I Love his way of telling the story. It''s and excellent story if told right.
You will not regret getting this book. It is an amazing story that will lead you to many other great titles like "Brave new World" and "Fahrenheit 451". similar types of books, all very very good.
This is a classic story that is brilliantly written. The audio version takes this classic to a new level. Simon Prebble gives an amazing performance that pulls you into the story.